City In Embers (Collector Series #1)

City In Embers (Collector Series #1)

by Stacey Marie Brown

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Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe.

After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey's whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046558791
Publisher: Stacey Marie Brown
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Collector Series
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 144,511
File size: 555 KB

About the Author

Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. Books, travel, TV series, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Has always been fascinated by things dark and creepy, but needs to be balanced by humor and romance. She believes that all animals, people and the planet should be treated kindly.

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City In Embers (Collector Series, Book #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! The next ones keep getting better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look-took me about 60 pages to get vested in this book/series-but I am so glad I did. The rest of the books just get better and better, and I could not stop reading. Even better that I didn't have to spend a fortune doing it. I moved on to another series, Darkness, she has-but did not fullfill like this one. Loved this series!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Writer does not seem to understand the necessity of the past perfect form of verbs, which is annoying, but if you can get past that and a few other proofreading mistakes, it doesn't suck. Heroine isn't too much of a Mary Sue. 2.8 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so loving this book. I can't wait to read the next. It's funny and action packed. I love how the main character isn't perfect. It's a great entertaining story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down. Great read
Sailon More than 1 year ago
City in Embers is a marvelous new urban fantasy. Zoey Daniels', a survivor caught in a fae created electrical storm, life is turned upside down when the very organization she worked form DMG, turns against her. Her job, collect fae for a highly secretive government organization in attempts to build weapons against them as well as use them to develop medical advancements for humans. On the run from the DMG, Zoey find herself in a positon to lean on the very creatures she’s come to detest, the fae…especially Ryker, a highly skilled and leathal fae. It seems a mishap during the storm has transferred something vital between Zoey and Ryker, keeping them connected in a way no one could ever imagine. This non-stop adventure will keep you on your toes as Zoey and Ryker seem to jump from the frying pan right into the fire. Balancing suspense and humor, Brown has created a great read. I loved how the hate the was nurtured between fae and human slowly turns to appreciation and understand. Brown miraculously transforms her characters right before your eyes. The changes are wonderfully but very realistically developed and not rushed. This is my first read by Stacey Marie Brown but won’t be my last. I received this ARC copy of City in Embers from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for a honest review.
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
HOLY HONEY!!! Okay so I have been putting off reading these books, not that I can remember why, but I totally should have read City in Embers as soon as it came out! Zoey is the shit and I freaking LOVE her! City in Embers had me all emotional when some dramatic stuff happens –NO SPOILERS HERE PROMISE!- and I’m glad that my kiddos weren’t around for the more emotional moments because my daughter likes to tell me that it’s not real and it’s just a book…so I’m glad I didn’t have to blubber in front of her this time! It’s seriously sad though and I would have some tissues on hand while reading. So in City of Embers you don’t get much ‘yummy’ action but the building of the story and characters are well worth it and the tension could have been cut with a knife when Zoey and Ryker finally became ‘partners’ or whatever. Sprig is just the cutest freaking thing EVER and I want one of my own! I would feed him all the honey he wanted!! The action parts of the book are well written. The descriptions were great and made me feel like I was right there with everyone. I’m intrigued by the whole fae powers being moved from one person to another…you’ll have to read to understand that but seriously I’m still trying to figure that out. The end leaves off with a cliffhanger and I’m glad that I already had The Barrier Between to fall right into!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite Fun. Exciting. Hard to put down. Those are the words I would use to describe the first book in the Collector series, City in Embers by author Stacey Marie Brown. Follow the story of Zoey Daniels, a young woman who hasn't exactly had the easiest of beginnings. Switched from foster home to foster home from the time she was very young, she had to grow up quickly and develop a hard exterior in order to survive. At her last placement, one billed 'a last chance,' she finally let her guard down and built a true relationship with her foster sister, Lexi, a girl who is paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. The only other person in her life that has a true relationship with her is Daniel, the man she met after she joined a special government agency after high school, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), and has fallen in love with. Lexi has a special gift, the ability to see fae. It's that gift that has led her to the DMG and her job as a Collector, a person who is charged with catching and using fae to protect human lives. But when she's connected to a fae Wanderer named Ryker, everything in her world changes and in order to protect herself, those she loves, and humankind in general, she may need to rethink what she's always accepted as true. Author Stacey Marie Brown has done a wonderful job of creating a fantastic book that you absolutely will not want to put down once you start reading it. The characters she has developed are so realistic that you will feel as if you know them personally. She's a master at world creation and at moving the storyline forward in a thrilling and suspenseful manner. City in Embers is a book that will be enjoyed by any reader who loves an excellent book in the fantasy genre. I highly recommend this book, and I am very much looking forward to reading the next installment in the Collector series as soon as I can.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
City in Embers (Collector #1) by Stacey Marie Brown 4 ½ of 5 Stars Collector, Zoey Daniels’, life shifts after Seattle is destroyed by an electrical storm, and she becomes tied to a Fae Wanderer named Ryker.  City in Embers is a fast-paced and imaginative book that I could not put down. Zoey is a wonderful heroine.  Raised in foster homes, she had a tough life.  She does what she has to in order to persevere.  She is a survivor.  She is often underestimated, which goes to her advantage.  My heart went out to her.  She is an easy character to cheer for. I enjoyed getting to know Ryker.  He is the ultimate alpha male.  He is strong both physically and mentally.  He is a complex character that we discover a lot about during the story. The dynamics between Zoey and Ryker throughout the novel was interesting.  They start out as enemies and due to circumstances, they need to work together.  They end up having a lot in common despite one being human and the other Fae. I love Sprig.  He adds a lot of humor to the story.  I could totally picture the cute little monkey sprite.  He seems like an adorable creature that would be great to snuggle with. The plot was incredible. It takes place when The Electrical Current Storm from Darkness of Light (Darkness, #1) hits Seattle.  I appreciated reading about what the people of Seattle had experienced as a result of that storm. The occurrence was a clever spin off into this series.  City in Embers is well-written and full of unexpected twist.  I look forward to the next book in the series, The Barrier Between. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.